Two weekends ago it finally warmed up a bit and we were able to check in on the hives. They look like they have come through the bad weather we have had very well. You can see they are all clustered up at the top of the hive. They will do this during the winter months when they are conserving energy and resources.
Now is the time that you can start feeding them again and urge them to start laying new brood and increasing the population of the hive again. Increase in population means honey production once things start blooming! We are feeding a dry sugar to them now and not the syrup we feed in the warmer months. This proves to be better utilized this time of year and won't freeze etc.
Once we dumped the feed in they started crawling up on it already and starting the feast. I checked them again today and they had eaten all of the sugar! I added more and hopefully soon the weather will improve even more and we will get more and more of those 50 degree days we need for them to start foraging and making us lots of honey!
Lorin and I have been around agriculture our whole lives. We're happy to be part of the family farm.